Date: May 07, 2015
Press Release Number: 68-2015
For on-the-go moms, the agency now offers safe and sanitary places for nursing
Mothers will find feeding their babies a bit easier at the Port Authority's airports with installation of three, free private areas available for nursing needs at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports.
The two airports are among the first nationally to offer the freestanding stations that provide a clean, comfortable and secure place for women who need to use a breast pump or want to nurse in privacy.
"The Port Authority regularly surveys our customers to learn how we can better serve their needs, and we've received multiple requests for an area specifically for nursing mothers," said Port Authority Aviation Director Thomas Bosco. "Our customers are our top priority, and their feedback allows us to make improvements and provide a higher level of service. We appreciate our partnership with private industry to make these nursing areas available to the public."
The three units are sponsored by Seventh Generation, a manufacturer and distributor of environmentally safe household products. Two units are located inside Newark's Terminal B beyond the security checkpoints—one in the B2 concourse near gates 50-57, and another in the B3 concourse near gates 60-68. The unit at LaGuardia's Terminal B is located in Concourse A. The Port Authority expects to install additional units in the future.
The freestanding suites, created by Mamava [Spanish for mother on-the-go], feature bench seating, outlets, a fold-down table and power supply for pumping, as well as space for luggage or a stroller. When a unit's door is closed, it can be locked from the inside and displays an "occupied" message on the outside.
"We are always looking for ways to support moms, whether through the development of safe and eco-friendly household and baby care items or brand partnerships that share our mission of nurturing the health of the next seven generations," said John Moorhead, Associate Brand Manager, Seventh Generation. "Traveling as a pumping mother or trying to find a quiet place to nurse are both real, everyday challenges and Mamava
provides an exciting solution. We are very proud to work with the Port Authority to deliver a great choice for moms to nurse or pump with dignity."
"Having been a nursing mother whose only choice was to use my breast pump in restrooms, I am so delighted the Port Authority will be providing this important amenity," said Mamava Co-founder Sascha Mayer. "By putting these lactation suites in NYC area airports, the Port Authority is taking an important stance to support women and families."
Additionally, on the Port Authority's website airport pages, Customer Care Connection portals enhance the agency's efforts to communicate information to passengers about new airport initiatives and available amenities, while also soliciting their ideas for improvements. Airport general managers and senior aviation staff continue to make a periodic practice of greeting passengers at various locations and seeking feedback on service and facility improvements.
As part of ongoing efforts to provide world-class airport facilities, recent initiatives at Newark Liberty International Airport include the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in designated parking spaces and a designated cell phone lot, for those waiting to pick up arriving passengers. Also, the agency recently installed new power poles at Stewart and Atlantic City airports, bringing the total at all five airports to more than 200 power poles and several hundred USB ports available to travelers to charge their electronic devices.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.